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Florida Mall - A Shopping Extravaganza
If, like me, you are a shopaholic, then one of the best places to visit whilst in Orlando is the Florida Mall. This is the best mall for normal shopping. If you want serious designer shopping with shops like Dior, Burberry and Chanel or stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales then you need to go to the Mall at Millenia which I will cover in another article.
The Florida Mall is located on South Orange Blossom Trail. If you are staying near the Disney area you will need to take the Sand Lake Road turn-off on Interstate 4 (I4). On the way into the vast car park area you will pass some very good stores like Toys R Us and Rooms to Go, both of which are worth a visit if you are in need of toys, prams, baby equipment or furniture.
Once parked, do remember where you leave your car and which entrance you use, it will save a lot of time, frustration and walking later.
The flagship stores of the Florida Mall are, Dillards, Sears, J. C. Penny, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are the most upmarket and expensive of the stores with Macy’s and Dillards more middle of the road and J. C. Penny and Sears being the cheapest. However, all have their strengths depending on what you are looking for.
The majority of the stores are clothing or shoe shops but there are a great many jewellers which have some fantastic bargains in diamonds and quite a lot of beauty product shops. There are two great kitchen shops and some very unusual speciality shops. Some of which have the most wonderful furniture and home ware goods.
One of these speciality shops is Brookstones. They sell some of the most unique gadgets you will ever see. Speaker systems, golf gadgets, grooming gadgets, BBQ “toys” and a selection of wonderfully relaxing massage chairs (which you are able to sit in and try for as long as you like). I love the dressing gowns, blankets, socks and slippers all made in the new wonder micro-fabric. They are so soft you will not want to put them down.
There are hat shops, crystal shops, a Build-a-Bear shop, electrical shops, luggage shops, underwear shops, chocolate shops and speciality tea and coffee shops.
You could quite easily spend all day there if you are so inclined. There are several coffee shops for a break and the best of all, Cold Stone Creamery ice creams – if you have never tried them, you MUST! They are the creamiest ice creams you have ever eaten.
For lunch there is a food hall with all the usual take away types of food, Chinese, chicken nuggets, pizzas, salads and many more.
So if you want a day away from the parks, try the Florida Mall.
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Page added on: 10 January 2011
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